Today it is again a 30th Anniversary flight with the daughter and soon to be, son-in-law too. I call for the Brooks site as the forecast is back to a “normal” flow of north to south. The “gang” gets the balloon pumped up and when we are full I put in and we have the passengers get on board. We are off the tarmac and catch the sun as it tops the trees and spot some thin spotty fog in the area. We spend the first half of the flight over the hops and hazelnuts that cover the “Mission Bottoms” then we get a chance to “eclipse” the chase crew and get some really “cool” photos as we do that. We cross over the ridge and move into the edge of Keizer as I look for a spot to land this morning. I call the gang to set up at Forest Ridge School as the first LZ. As I set the shot we get a shove to the east and I will use a open housing development that still has a lot of space right next to the school. We beat the gang to the landing as the roads in here are not direct. We will use a dead-end street for the lay down and get the pack up done on the ‘new” pavement. The passengers get the “sit” done and we load up for the trip pack for the picnic.
I get the story started, the toast is done and the certificates are presented.
PASSENGER COMMENTS: Shelly: “ Perfect way to celebrate 30 years! Gorgeous views and a great experience.” Megan & Jordan: “Thank you for an amazing experience. We enjoyed the beautiful morning and the great company!”